It's all about Bows & Bridges...
" Claire is a very special teacher, she makes every lesson memorable!"
- Neil - Cello Student
Bows & Bridges was launched in October 2014, by string instrumental teacher and musician Claire Schiavone with support from The Princes Trust.
With over 20 years experience playing and performing cello, and 10 years on violin, Claire is one of Edinburgh's passionate and innovative music teachers.
Claire promotes FUN and INVENTIVE learning, with a CREATIVE teaching style. Lessons are tailored to suit each students aims and interests, and competitively priced as Claire believes Music Education should be available to every person, no matter of age, background or ability.
Whatever your music taste, Claire has experience in many styles including Classical, Jazz, Blues, Traditional, Folk and Pop.
LEARNING BY EAR and IMPROVISATION, are also key skills Claire uses to allow her students to flourish and develop as musicians.
Lessons are conducted in the infamous Music Room, which provides a comfortable learning environment with lots of inspiration.
First Lesson is FREE
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Claire Schiavone is a cellist from Cowdenbeath, Fife and the founder of Bows & Bridges.
Claire began learning the cello at the age of 8, and imediately fell in love with the instrument. For as long as she can remember there has always been a cello by her side. Throughout Claire's school education, she participated in many of Beath High School's music ensembles and under the guidance of Richard Michael, began to pick up the tools of improvisation and learning to play by ear. Claire was also a member of Fife Youth String Orchestra, and Fife Youth Orchestra.
In 2006 Claire enrolled to study a Bachelor of Music Honours degree at Napier University. During her time there she discovered her natural flare for instrumental teaching. Claire also took part in the university Chamber Orchestra, and contributed her skills in improvisation by performing and recording with students on the Popular Music Honours course.
Bows & Bridges Launch 2014
Inspired by her Grandad's love of traditional Scottish music, Claire decided to try out the violin and learn how to play fiddle. After picking up a few tunes by ear, she took private lessons, which focused her classical technique and embellished her traditional style.
Playing the violin presented an exciting challenge to Claire. Her vast understanding of string technique, continued dedication and devotion to music, allowed her to progess quickly. Claire relished the opportunity to add violin to her teaching, and lessons are now in demand.
The Cosmonauts - Alan Robertson, Claire Schiavone and Chris Bryce
Claire's love of improvised performance has propelled her to perform with numerous bands and songwriters. Pushing the boundaries, Claire regularly uses her electric cello when performing, and has toured the UK playing at various festivals and live music venues.
Claire has a keen interest in studio recording, and takes full advantage of everything her electric cello has to offer. She has recorded cello on many studio albums and singles by various artists in and around Edinburgh.
Playing alongside Alan Robertson and Chris Bryce. Claire is a member of Alternative/Indie Rock Band - The Cosmonauts. It's a colourful mix of soaring electric cellos, three part harmonies and driving rock music. The Cosmonauts have released their second studio album - 1983 - available now.